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Brett Wallace

San Diego Padres San Diego Padres
Brett Wallace
Name: Brett Alexander Wallace
Born: Aug 26, 1986 in Sonoma, CA
College: Arizona State
High School: Justin-Siena HS, Napa, Calif.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 250 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (13th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008 (signed for $1,840,000)
Four of the top hitters in the college draft class--Wallace, Stanford's Jason Castro, California's David Cooper and South Carolina's Jay Darnell--played together for NorCal Baseball's travel team in high school. Wallace was a bad-bodied third baseman then, tipping the scales at close to 260 pounds. Many scouts still see him as a bad-body third baseman waiting to move to first, but others see more. Many see the best natural hitter in the West. Wallace has a strong swing with above-average bat speed; his swing path stays in the zone a long time and he has outstanding plate discipline. Defensively, Wallace had made just eight errors at third in 50 games, and he has at least average arm strength to go with nifty feet. While he's cleaned up his body, he still has huge thighs that make it hard for him to get low enough to properly field groundballs. Scouts that think he could stay at third compare him to 2007 Indians first-rounder Beau Mills, who also had questionable skills at third. Those that don't care for him cite his body and the short careers of players built similarly, such as Bob Hamelin. Wallace's bat should get him drafted in the first round regardless, and most scouts give him at least above-average raw power grades.
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